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Friday, September 27, 2013


 1.  Before you get all "They get paid to live there" on me, keep in mind the cost of living here is RIDICULOUS. You don't want to get into this argument with me, trust me. Normally, people use this money for things like heating bills, college savings or just plain ol' put it in the bank for when your next appliance breaks (why does this happen so often?!).  My parents used it for catching up on their bills. I am pretty good at paying off debts, so I'm all squared away. The question I have for you is, what would you spend $900 on?
 2. Beginning today!
3. I'm sick. I started feeling nauseous and throat-tickly on Wednesday, and woke up with the flu on Thursday. Fortunately, I keep a stash of Gatorade (blue is my fave!), popsicles and a Tivo full of crap TV I wouldn't otherwise be watching.  Right now, I'm missing our first district-wide inservice, which to be completely honest, I was looking forward to.  I will have to annoy someone on Monday to find out what I missed out on.  Lucky them.
4. Our interim principal arrived this week. I can't remember if I blogged about this before, but basically, we've had quite a few transitions in the last few years. 2 years ago, our principal retired. We hired someone from Minnesota. She stuck around for 2 years, but unexpectedly left the position this summer to go back home.  Because there wasn't a lot of time (and I'm guessing most principal applicants apply in the spring), we were told we would be getting an interim for the year instead of hiring someone. The district hired an interim who used to live here, but was currently in Arizona. So, we had to have a substitute interim for the first few weeks. The substitute they hired was our old district human resources person that had retired last year. Yowza. Lots of changes. The sad thing is, I don't think this is the end of it!
5.  Cheeks is in a kissing phase (the open-mouthed-baby kind). He really is such a sweet baby. If we're reading a book, he has to kiss the cute animals (he won't kiss the "creepy crawly" page of his animal book though!). He's especially fond of "foofs" (aka kitty cats and puppies). His latest victim: this cow.


  1. My husband would give anything to live in Alaska. He is a big outdoors man. I know if we lived there I would never see him {ha}. The ecard is too funny!! I hate when parents send sick kids to school and it happens all to often.


  2. What an adorable Five for Friday post! I'd definitely spend that $900 on a weekend away. It only works out to be around £500 over here. Save it for a rainy day definitely, you never know when you might fancy a nice break or something new!

    I have the sick children sit on a chair at the back during carpet time and send them on little errands. Anything to keep them away from me, I had a child vomit on me once and I was sick for about a month with all sorts of things. One of them being Scarlet Fever!! Never again!

    Best wishes,

  3. I LOVE your Cheeks updates! :) So sorry you are sick. :( That stinks. $900... that would just go somehow, like you said. Where? No idea. But ...honestly it would go to something that "just came up" with one of my kids. :)
    Have a great weekend!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  4. Buy yourself a fabulous new pair of shoes with that money! Bummer about your crazy administration changes! Have a fab weekend!

    Lucky to Be in First

  5. I love this place, but the cost of living is discouraging, that is for sure! I will be paying on some medical bills and buying me some good shoes! Have a good weekend, Paula

  6. I'd probably go on a trip! I've been feeling the sore thing lately too...thankfully we have the weekend to rest up but it keeps coming back!

    Literacy Spark

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